Back story – forward story

If you choose to, though, you can do your own review.  Weekly or monthly, you can sit down with yourself (or, more powerfully, with a small circle of peers) and review how you’re shifting your posture to make more of an impact.*
(Seth Godin)

One’s inner voices become audible.  One feels the attraction of one’s most inner Sources.  In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.**
(Wendell Berry)

Listening to one another’s stories is a reflective practice.

We need to develop ways and means of listening to our own story, sometimes alone, sometimes with others.

I mentioned recently how someone in a reflective circle of this kind had found it unnerving to have a number of people listening non-judgementally, mirroring back to them what they saw and heard and also felt in the story they were listening to.

This is an interesting observation on their part.

They’d found themselves having to look at more in themselves, more deeply.

Criticism can limit what we look at, even when it’s positive as well as negative.  Listening without lines of measurement can mean we open up all that lies beyond, though it’s an art to be learned, not a blind anything-goes.

Not only have we need of stories that have been somewhere but also stories that are going somewhere.

(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Your soft skills inventory.)
(**Wendell Berry, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great enemies of Creativity.)

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